Public Health

The Road From Aid to Trade: Investing in a Healthier Future for Africa

Allan Pamba | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

At the EU-Africa business summit I attended last week, a question that I heard again and again is what are the barriers to investing more in sub-Saharan Africa?

Contagious Scarlet Fever Cases In England Reach Record High

The Huffington Post UK/The Associated Press | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The number of cases of the highly contagious scarlet fever has reached a record weekly high, health officials have warned. Public Health England (P...

Ebola - Taming a Killer Virus

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Prevention is better than cure- this maxim applies for all disasters, including public health crisis such as an Ebola outbreak...

Promoting Prejudice: Ableism, Weight Stigma and Just Really Bad Science

Angela Meadows | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Meadows

March 17th marked the opening of the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To get the conference off to a good start, the organisers - The World Obesity Federation - decided to put their money where their mouth was and turn off the escalators in the conference centre. If only they'd put their brains there instead.

Making Children Pay for Their Healthcare Poses Significant Risks

Peter Grigg | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

We are calling on the government to rethink its proposals to ensure that all children and young people have access to free healthcare while they are in the UK when they need it, regardless of where they're from or who their parents are.

Why NHS Red Tape Is Making Another Stafford Hospital Scandal More Likely

Inez Brown | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK
Inez Brown

The reality is the more forms doctors and nurses have to fill in, the more boxes they have to tick, the less time they have to spend caring for patients. While it's only right to expect our medical professionals to follow best practice and be accountable for their work, tying them up with excessive form-filling doesn't help.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

Movember Puts Spotlight on Men's Health

Professor Kevin Fenton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Kevin Fenton

Over 50,000 men between the ages of 15 and 64 die each year in the UK. They're dying too young, many from diseases we should be able to prevent. In the UK, the death rate for men between 15 and 44 years old is nearly double that of women.

Innovation in the Name of Global Partnership: What the Private Sector Must Bring to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Duncan Learmouth | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Duncan Learmouth

The shortage of health workers is one of the most fundamental barriers to improving health in developing countries. A fully trained and well-supported community health worker like Saley can deliver treatments and provide health education to 5,000 children a year.

Should David Cameron Ditch His Election Strategist?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrats are calling on David Cameron to ditch his election campaigner following the decision to shelve plain cigarette packs. Former heal...

Make Your Last Gift Matter

Anna Soubry | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Anna Soubry

Since taking up my post at the Department of Health I have seen, first-hand, the work done every day by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and everyone else that makes up our great NHS, to improve and restore the health of our nation. However sometimes a patient's fate is out of their control and in the hands of someone like me and you - an organ donor.

Five Big Ideas for the Global Struggle Against Fake Medicines

Bright Simons | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bright Simons

Fake and counterfeit medicines and medical products, and their harmful impact on global health, are receiving more global attention. These are medicines that can kill or maim rather than heal, and in many countries, especially in the Global South, make up more than 20% of all medicines in supply.

Almost Half A Million Under-25s Have STIs in England

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

New sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen to almost half a million in England with people aged under 25 experiencing the highest rates. ...

Cycle to Work: Just Say 'No' to Bargain Hunt

Joe Williams | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Williams

Cycling provides a brilliant antidote sickness and the costs associated with it. We recently discovered that 68% of people that use our National Cycle Network threw not a single sickie last year. Just by riding to work every day, we can improve our health to such an extent that we reduce the number of sick days we take to almost half.

Stigma, Complacency and Ignorance in the Fight Against HIV

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Many younger gay men these days have not seen their friends die of AIDS-related illnesses, and there certainly isn't the fear around HIV which their once was. There is a difficult balance to strike here: we don't want to stigmatise HIV further yet at the same time it is difficult to combat the damaging "I don't care" attitude without emphasising the serious nature of the HIV infection.

The Politics and Economics of Violence

James Gilligan | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
James Gilligan

In the US from 1900 to the present, the rates of both suicide and homicide have risen significantly, to epidemic levels, only after Republicans were elected to the presidency. And those epidemics have ended and been replaced by below-average violent death rates, only after Democrats gained the White House.

Unemployment And 'Viagra Culture' Helping To Fuel 'Masculinity Crisis'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Britain is facing a crisis of masculinity, which celebrates heartlessness and normalises sexism and homophobia, amid growing unemployment and uncertai...

Vitamin D: Time to Get Savvy With Sunshine

Glen Matten | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Glen Matten

Can there be hotter property in the field of nutrition right now than vitamin D - the 'sunshine vitamin'? There's been an explosion of vitamin D research over the last decade and it's completely revolutionised our view of this previously unremarkable vitamin.

Turning the Corner on MMR?

Natasha Thomas | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Natasha Thomas

The latest scare will prompt many parents of unvaccinated children to act now that their children are older. However, heightened awareness will be short lived and dependent on the media agenda, so what changes could achieve a long term turnaround in the success of the MMR programme? It might be time to try other methods to trigger behavioural characteristics.

How to Save 36,815 Lives a Year

Joe Williams | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Williams

We can no longer ignore this problem: both central and local government must now act to ensure people can chose to exercise as part of their normal day far more often and make walking and cycling the safest, easiest and most enjoyable way to travel around their community.

Big Pharma Harms Patients for Profit but Doctors Must Also Share the Blame

Dr Aseem Malhotra | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK
Dr Aseem Malhotra

I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of doctors in the NHS when I say I went into medicine to practice evidence based, not corporate-influenced medicine.

NHS and the Shrinking Definition of Medical Need

Eddie Chaloner | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Eddie Chaloner

What concerns me is the widening definition of PCLV to include proven operations known to enhance health and improve quality of life. Many of the procedures now deemed 'low value' are actually those which prevent complications and more serious conditions developing later in life.

'You Can Pick Out Poor Children Because They Are Fat' Claims Health Minister

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Politics

Children from poor families are easily identified because they tend to be fat, the public health minister has said. Anna Soubry said when she was a...

HIV: Reluctance to Test Versus Saving Lives

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

It is a very scary statistic that in the UK there are over 25,000 people infected with HIV unaware they are infected. We must prioritise diagnosing them, especially as HIV can be symptomless for many years. So regular blood testing is often not just our best, but our only tool in controlling the spread of HIV.

Fat Is a Local Government Issue

Dr Jonathan Carr-West | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Jonathan Carr-West

We need to recognise that, even in a global, modern city like London, there are communities where people struggle to access fresh fruit and vegetables and afford to pay for leisure facilities. Local councils should tackle this exclusion head-on.